Source: San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office and news reports
SAN DIEGO, California — The driver of a tan Honda Civic sedan struck and killed 62-year-old Gabriela Alexandrescu at a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Reynard Way and Redwood Street in the Middletown area of San Diego City, according to a Medical Examiner’s report.
Police told a news reporter that Alexandrescu was on her way to purchase a lottery ticket at the Clover Leaf Market on Reynard Way at the time of the crash. The driver who struck her about 9:25 p.m. failed to yield the right of way for the pedestrian at the crosswalk, police said in the press release. The woman had severe head trauma and was transported to University of California San Diego Medical Center where despite aggressive resuscitative efforts she died about 10:22 p.m., the report said.
California Pedestrian Law
“Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950 (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.
(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
(c) The driver of a vehicle approaching a pedestrian within any marked or unmarked crosswalk shall exercise all due care and shall reduce the speed of the vehicle or take any other action relating to the operation of the vehicle as necessary to safeguard the safety of the pedestrian.
(d) Subdivision (b) does not relieve a driver of a vehicle from the duty of exercising due care for the safety of any pedestrian within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.”
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report
Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death. There were 57 pedestrians killed and 937 injured in car accidents in San Diego County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.
In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, according to the CHP traffic report. National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.
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